Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart
finally had the ride he’s been looking for this season, getting a fantastic start off the gate in Atlanta and holding the lead through all 20 laps for his first 450 SX win of the year. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto
didn’t give Stewart an inch of breathing room during the contest, but was unable to find a line past, ending the night in second. Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Davi Millsaps
retained a spot on the rostrom through yet another round, taking third.
“What can I say, we won,” said Stewart. “This whole season has been kind of crazy... It was basically a perfect day. I was fastest in qualifying, I holeshot the heat race, I holeshot the main event and I led every lap I was on. I’m not going to l lie, I was a little nervous because I haven’t been out there in a while. But I felt good and I was just trying to stay in my head and focus. I have to give it up to the Yoshimura Suzuki team. They’ve been working so hard and they’ve stood by me in this up-and-down year. Now I’m looking forward to building on this momentum and heading to St. Louis.”
Villopoto’s teammate, Jake Weimer
, made his return after suffering a string of misfortunes through the first rounds, including broken ribs and pneumonia. The Kawasaki rider held third-place through the opening laps, but slipped back as Millsaps pushed up from fourth. Once there, Stewart, Villopoto and Millsaps held steady in their positions to the checkers.
Soon after, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia
overtook Weimer for fourth, where he remained to the finish. Bam Bam got close to Millsaps numerous times during the competition, but eventually lost ground, ending over three seconds behind the Suzuki ace. Barcia’s teammate, Trey Canard
, and Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey
settled into the fifth and sixth positions, respectively, as the race neared the mid-point. Both riders remained fixed in their spots to the end.
Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac took seventh in his first 450 SX round of the year, having moved up while the Eastern Regional 250 SX riders face off. He’ll return to battle for the points lead in 250 SX West action when the series lands in Seattle in April.
Though Weimer lost ground during the race, once he got to eighth he was able to hold, followed by Two Two Motorsports’ Chad Reed in ninth and Motoconcepts’ Mike Alessi in 10th.
BTO KTM’s Andrew Short made his debut with his new team and ride, and after a promising showing in his heat race seemed poised to post a big result in the main. Unfortunately, a mid-race crash saw Shorty fall well outside the top-10 and he was only able to recover to 14th by the finish.
Millsaps’ consistency helped him remain the overall 450 SX points leader through the first half of the season. Villopoto moved up to second after Atlanta, now trailing Millsaps by 22 points. Dungey slipped to third overall, followed by Canard who remains in fourth. Reed is eight points adrift of Canard in fifth, while Barcia remains in sixth.
Atlanta 450 Supercross Results 2013:
Davi Millsaps took third in Atlanta and remains the overall 450
Supercross points leader.
1. James Stewart (Suzuki)
2. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki)
3. Davi Millsaps (Suzuki)
4. Justin Barcia (Honda)
5. Trey Canard (Honda)
6. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
7. Eli Tomac (Honda)
8. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki)
9. Chad Reed (Honda)
10. Mike Alessi (Suzuki)
11. Matt Goerke (KTM)
12. Broc Tickle (Suzuki)
13. Justin Brayton (Yamaha)
14. Andrew Short (KTM)
15. Peter Larsen (Honda)
450 Supercross Championship Points 2013:
1. Davi Millsaps, 174
2. Ryan Villopoto, 152
3. Ryan Dungey, 148
4. Trey Canard, 135
5. Chad Reed, 127
6. Justin Barcia, 116
7. Andrew Short, 102
8. James Stewart, 100
9. Justin Brayton, 91
10. Matt Goerke, 79